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Athlete wins Olympic test event on the road to Rio

Paul Drinkhall Credit: Paul Drinkhall

Paul Drinkhall lived up to his number one seeding as he claimed the Men's Singles title at the Olympic test event in Rio.

The 25-year-old Loftus player was impressive in beating Thiago Monteiro of the host nation 4-0 (11-5, 12-10, 11-7, 11-7) to take the Aquece Rio International Tournament.

Drinkhall told the ITTF website it was very good to go and see the conditions in Rio:

The Brazilian team is very good, they have good players like Thiago and Cazuo, against Cazuo I had a very tough semi-final.

Also, Thiago is a very difficult opponent but I managed to keep on top of my game.

Hopefully I am going to be here next year and again with a positive result."

– Paul Drinkhall


Olympian's dentist keeps toothbrushes promise

Olympic bobsledder John Baines and his dentist, Paddy Jones Credit: ITV

Olympic bobsledder John Baines has returned to his old school in Ormsby, Middlesbrough, to meet pupils. He has taken his dentist with him. Why? Because when he was young his dentist promised him, if he made it to the Olympics, he would supply every child at the school with a toothbrush.

Every child was given a toothbrush Credit: ITV

Today dentist Paddy Jones kept his word.

Olympic bobsledder John Baines and his dentist, Paddy Jones Credit: ITV

Duel in the Pool for Teesside Olympian

Teesside student Aimee Willmott Credit: Teesside University

A Teesside Olympian is set to take on some of America’s finest swimmers.

Aimee Willmott returned from Denmark this week with a European Short-Course Championship bronze medal, having set a new English national record time in the 400m individual medley.

The Teesside University student has represented Great Britain at both the Olympics and World Championships.

Her success in Denmark came just days after Aimee broke the English national 400m individual medley long-course record.

Aimee is now due to take part in the Duel in the Pool, as part of a European team which will compete against some of America’s top swimmers.

Billed as the Ultimate Swimming Showdown, the US versus European Allstars event takes place on December 20 and 21 in Glasgow.

She will compete in the 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley and 400m individual medley.

Aimee is Middlesbrough’s most successful swimmer since Jack Hatfield a century ago, and hopes to compete in the Rio Olympics in 2016.


Full report: Dame Kelly Holmes visits region

Dame Kelly Holmes is one of our most successful and best loved Olympic athletes. For the past year, the gold medalist has been helping to coach sport students at Gateshead College.

It has been a life changing experience for the young people, who have received a crash course in life at the very top of their field.

Today, at the end of the programme, they have been taking stock of their new skills.

Watch Helen Ford's report here:

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